Privacy Policy

(Updated March 2021)


This policy covers the processing of personal data by Crunchy Gadgets. Crunchy Gadgets is committed to protecting the privacy of your personal information whilst striving to provide the very best user experience. We want our website to be safe and enjoyable for everyone.

Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and related laws, we have a legal duty to protect the personal information we collect from you. GDPR says that personal data is any information relating to a living individual who can be identified, either directly or indirectly, from that information. This could include your name, email address, postal address or telephone number, or information collected online and used to identify you.

Who we are?

Our website address is:

What data do we collect & how do we use it?

Information you provide to us:

When you participate in, access, purchase or sign up for any of our services, activities, or online content, such as magazine subscriptions, newsletters, surveys, competitions, or events, we receive personal information about you which we use to provide these services. This may consist of data such as your name, email address, postal address, and telephone number. You will be able to select how we use your information for marketing purposes and you can update your marketing preferences at any time.

Ordering a product/service from us:

If you order a product or service from us, you will need to provide certain personal details, including payment information, so the order can be fulfilled. In some cases, we will use or direct you to a third party that will collect this information from you and fulfills your order. For example, if you order a subscription to our publications, you may be able to access those products through a digital newsstand such as Apple Newsstand.

Attending an event:

If you attend one of our events, awards, or conferences we may receive personal information about you, including your name and contact details and any dietary and accessibility requirements.

The content you share with us:

When you choose to share comments, photos, videos, and other content with, us we may receive personal information about you.

Information collected online:

We may collect information about how you use our websites or other content online, and the device you use to access the services. Please see our Cookies Policy for further details about how we use this data and information.


Some of our websites contain links to products and services offered by third-party websites. If you click on those links, we will use data collected about your activity on our site to direct you to the third-party site. We and the third party may collect data to show us that you have clicked on the link and whether you purchased any products and services. We may receive a commission from the third party if you link to their site from Crunchy Gadgets and purchase goods and services from them.

Email communications:

We use web beacons in our emails to track the success of our marketing campaigns. If you open an email from us, we can see which of the pages of our website you visited. Our web beacons don’t store any information on your computer but, by communicating with our cookies on your computer, they can tell us when you have opened an email from us. We may keep track of the emails that we send you. We also keep a record of what communications you have selected to receive or not to receive. If you would like to opt out of receiving such emails you can unsubscribe at any time.

Information from other sources:

We may receive information about you from other sources (for example, missing information about your postal or email addresses) and add it to the personal information we hold about you. We may also receive data from other sources, such as our business partners, and social media platforms.

Information that allows us to recognize you/your device:

When you log into our website, we may share information that we collect from you, such as your email (in hashed, pseudonymous form), IP address, or information about your browser or operating system, with our partner which uses this information to create an online identification code to recognize you on your device. This code does not contain any of your identifiable personal data and cannot be used to re-identify you. We place this code in our cookie and allow it to be used for online and cross-channel advertising. It may be shared with our advertising partners and other third-party advertising companies globally to enable interest-based content or targeted advertising throughout your online experience (e.g., web, email, connected devices, and in-app, etc). These third parties may in turn use this code to link demographic or interest-based information you have provided in your interactions with them. You have the right to express a choice regarding our sharing of this data for the above purposes, of the creation of this code, or our sharing of the code with our advertising partners.

What lawful bases do we rely on for processing?

To process your data, we must have a lawful reason for doing so. GDPR sets out six lawful bases under which organizations can collect, use, and store personal data. We rely on four of the lawful bases:

Necessary for the performance of a contract:

If you are our customer, for example, a subscriber of a magazine or an attendee at one of our events, we will process your data on the basis that we must provide our products and services to you.

In some instances, we rely on your specific consent to process your personal information. This is where you have actively agreed and ‘opted-in’, for example, to receive marketing communications from us, and you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time.

Compliance with laws:

We may have to process and share your data to comply with our legal obligations, or to protect our rights or the rights of others. For example, we are required to collect certain information from you when processing your subscription payment for tax or financial reporting reasons.

Legitimate interests:

In some situations, we rely on our legitimate business interests to collect and use your data. In these situations, we have conducted a balancing test to carefully consider the impact of the processing on your interests, rights, and freedoms. We will only undertake the processing if we are satisfied there is no negative impact on you. We rely on Legitimate Interests for the following activities:

  • providing, maintaining, improving, and developing our products and services;
  • sending direct marketing communications about our products and services to customers;
  • sending marketing communications related to the products and services of carefully selected companies in a business-to-business context;
  • managing suppression and unsubscribe requests;
  • researching publicly available business contact details;
  • managing certain aspects of our events;
  • analyzing the use of our products and services;
  • using analytics to identify usage trends and determining the effectiveness of campaigns;
  • allowing you to comment on our sites;
  • dealing with queries and complaints;
  • personalizing your experience on our sites;
  • identifying fraudulent behavior and ensuring our websites and systems are secure.

Who may we share your data with?


We use third parties to perform certain functions on our behalf including fulfilling orders, sending emails, organizing and managing events, running competitions and promotions, conducting surveys or polls, removing repetitive information from customer lists, comment hosting, website analysis, data analysis, and processing credit card payments. They will have access to your personal information if necessary, to perform their function but they cannot use it or disclose it for any other purpose unless you have specifically given them consent to do so.

Aggregate information:

We may share aggregated, non-personally identifiable information, such as demographics and website usage statistics, with advertisers, sponsors, and other organizations.

Option to receive marketing information from associated third parties:

Throughout the website, you may be allowed to receive marketing information that may be of interest to you from associated third parties. Only if you elect to receive such information, will we share your personal information with our associated third parties, and they are only permitted by us to use it to provide you with the marketing information you have requested? The use of your personal information by such third parties will be subject to their privacy policy and practices. We are not responsible for the privacy policy or practices of any such third party. If you do not want to receive marketing information from associated companies you can notify us of this as part of the registration process. You can stop receiving this information at any time by following the unsubscribe instructions on the correspondence you receive, by amending your marketing preferences.

Products/Services offered in partnership with third parties:

Certain products or services available through this website may be provided to you in partnership with a third party. That third party may require you to disclose personal information to them to receive such products or services. If you request a product or service offered in partnership with a third party, the identity of the third party will be disclosed to you and your personal information will be transferred to that third party. The use of your personal information by that third party is subject to its privacy policy and practices and we are not responsible for this.

Third-party ad serving & audience & traffic measurement services:

We may use a third-party network advertiser to serve the advertisements on this website or we may use an audience or traffic measurement service to analyze the traffic on this website. Network advertisers are third parties that display advertisements based on your visits to this website and other websites you have visited. Third-party ad serving enables us to target advertisements to you for products or websites you might be interested in. Audience and traffic measurement services allow us to collect traffic and behavioral information from the website by monitoring anonymous visitor activity. This website’s advertisers, sponsors, and/or traffic measurement services may themselves set and access their cookies on your computer if you choose to have your cookies enabled in your browser. Please see our Cookies Policy for further details.

Auditing organizations:

We may share your data with the Audit Bureau of Circulations, a third-party auditing organization. This is so they can verify aggregated statistics about circulation and usage of our products, or review our policies, processes, and procedures for compliance with relevant standards.

What data is collected on our website?

Cookies are small data files that are sent to your computer, mobile phone, or another device so that the website can remember information about your browsing activity. We use cookies on our websites for a variety of purposes.

Information storage & access:

The storage of information, or access to information that is already stored, on your devices such as advertising identifiers, device identifiers, cookies, and similar technologies.

Content selection, delivery, reporting:

The collection of information, and combination with previously collected information, to select and deliver content for you, and to measure the delivery and effectiveness of such content. This includes using previously collected information about your interests to select content, processing data about what content was shown, how often or how long it was shown, when and where it was shown, and whether you took any action related to the content, including for example clicking on content. This does not include personalization, which is the collection and processing of information about your use of this service to subsequently personalize content and/or advertising for you in other contexts, such as websites or apps, over time.


The collection of information about your use of the content, and combination with previously collected information, used to measure, understand, and report on your usage of the service. This does not include personalization, the collection of information about your use of this service to subsequently personalize content and/or advertising for you in other contexts, i.e., on other services, such as websites or apps, over time.


The collection and processing of information about your use of this service to subsequently personalize advertising and/or content for you in other contexts, such as on other websites or apps, over time. Typically, the content of the site or app is used to make inferences about your interests, which inform future selection of advertising and/or content.

Ad selection, delivery, reporting:

The collection of information, and combination with previously collected information, to select and deliver advertisements for you, and to measure the delivery and effectiveness of such advertisements. This includes using previously collected information about your interests to select ads, processing data about what advertisements were shown, how often they were shown, when and where they were shown, and whether you took any action related to the advertisement, including for example clicking an ad or making a purchase. This does not include personalization, which is the collection and processing of information about your use of this service to subsequently personalize advertising and/or content for you in other contexts, such as websites or apps, over time. Please see our Cookies Policy for more information.


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address, and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Our websites may include links to third-party websites, plug-ins, and applications. Clicking on those links or enabling those connections may allow third parties to collect or share data about you. We do not control these third-party websites and, when you leave our website, we encourage you to read the privacy notice of every website you visit. We may monetize some of these links through the use of third-party affiliate programs. Notwithstanding such affiliate programs, we are not responsible for the content or privacy policies of these websites or third-party advertisers, nor for how they use the information they collect about you.

Retention of data:

We hold personal data for a variety of different purposes and the length of time we keep your data will vary depending on the services or products we are providing. We will only keep your data for a reasonable period, which is based on the purpose for which we are using your data. Once that purpose has been fulfilled, we will securely delete that data or anonymize your information (so that we, or anyone else, can no longer tell that data relates to you) unless we are required to retain the data longer for legal, tax, or accounting reasons.


We are committed to protecting the personal data we hold. Following GDPR, we adopt appropriate technical and organizational measures to help prevent unauthorized access to your information and ensure data is held securely. We also require any third parties to whom we may transfer personal data to have appropriate security measures in place. We ask third parties to complete Data Security Questionnaires so we can be sure they are a safe place for your data.

Protecting children’s privacy:

Our products and services are for a general audience and not aimed at children. However, we recognize that some of our publications, for example in our Knowledge and Gaming portfolios, may appeal to a younger audience. We do not knowingly collect any personal information from children under the age of sixteen or send any marketing communications to children. If we are running a competition that might be of interest to children, our competition rules specify that a parent or guardian must consent to entry. If in the future, we collect personally identifiable information from children in connection with our products and services, we will do so in compliance with all relevant laws and regulations including, without limitation, obtaining parental consent where necessary. The Internet offers children wonderful educational and entertainment resources. Your guidance and involvement are essential to help ensure that children have a safe and rewarding online experience.

Your rights:

You have the rights to;

  • Access to the personal data we hold about you.
  • The correction of your data when incorrect, out of date, or incomplete.
  • The erasure of your data.
  • That we stop using your data for direct marketing if you object to it.
  • That we stop any consent-based processing of your data after you withdraw that consent.
  • The right to request a transfer of your data to another service provider.

Whenever you have given us your consent to use your data, you have the right to change your mind at any time and withdraw that consent.

Where we rely on our legitimate interest:

In cases where we are processing your data based on our legitimate interest, you can ask us to stop for reasons connected to your situation. We must then do so unless we believe we have a legitimate overriding reason to continue processing your data.

Direct marketing:

You have the right to stop the use of your data for direct marketing activity through all channels, or selected channels. We must always comply with your request. Remember, you can always stop direct marketing messages by clicking on an unsubscribe link in any of our emails or getting in touch with us.

We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity. If you have authorized a third party to submit a request on your behalf, we will ask them to prove they have your permission to act. This is a security measure to ensure that personal data is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it. We may also contact you to ask you for further information concerning your request. We try to respond to all legitimate requests within one month. Occasionally it may take us longer than a month if your request is particularly complex or you have made several requests. If this is the case, we will notify you and keep you updated.

No fee usually required:

You will not usually have to pay a fee to access your data (or to exercise any of the rights), however, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request is unfounded, repetitive, or excessive. Alternatively, we may refuse to comply with your request in these circumstances. If we choose not to action your request, we will explain to you the reasons for our refusal.

Website notifications (pop-ups):

We provide news and updates about our sites via push notification messages or ‘pop-ups’. This is a free service. The notifications are only sent to you if you have clicked on a button to allow it (you may have accidentally selected to receive notifications).

We have no control over your subscription to notifications as it is controlled by your browser and device.  We do not store any recognizable data about you or your device in connection with the push notification service.

Policy changes:

We may amend this Privacy Policy from time to time, so we encourage you to check it periodically. If we make material changes, we will endeavor to provide you with appropriate notice before such changes take effect.

Litespeed Cache:

This site utilizes caching to facilitate a faster response time and better user experience. Caching potentially stores a duplicate copy of every web page that is on display on this site. All cache files are temporary and are never accessed by any third party, except as necessary to obtain technical support from the cache plugin vendor. Cache files expire on a schedule set by the site administrator, but may easily be purged by the admin before their natural expiration, if necessary.